Peter Fish Group featuring Dolette McDonald

Peter Fish Group featuring Dolette McDonald

Under 21 With Guardian
The Peter Fish Group is led by Peter Fish, six-time Emmy winning composer and keyboard player extraordinaire.

Playing alongside stars such as Tony Bennett, Keith Emerson of Emerson, Lake and Palmer, and Danny Seraphine of Chicago, his passion for music and his incredible talent allowed him to bring together some of the best musicians New York City has to offer.

Together, they serve up an extremely tight, funky jazz group. Their latest recording, “Numbers”, is a perfect representation of the caliber of music that this group brings to their performances. All of the pieces written by Mr. Fish showcase his Rhodes playing, as well as the artists in their habitat – knocking out grooves complex and rich that captures the audience’s attention. He is supported by all-star musicians: Benjamin Drazen, sax, (Rashied Ali, Dave Liebman) whose own group’s album on Posi-Tone Records “Inner Fights” was recently released to rave reviews; Paul Livant on guitar, (Paul Simon, Carly Simon) ; Waldron Ricks, trumpet, (Art Blakey, Roy Haynes, Count Basie Orchestra); Billy Grant, bass, (Oliver Lake, Living Colour, Kid Rock), and finally; Abe Fogle, drums, (Rob Thomas, Los Nubians. Kool and the Gang, D’Angelo, Kelis). All get to show their musical prowess inside the infectious melodies and grooves that Mr. Fish has composed.

When the band lets loose on Peter’s songs, akin to grooves from Cannonball Adderley or Herbie Hancock circa ’73, the sound is fresh and solid and its a guarantee you’ll feel it. Their diverse musical backgrounds shine while they bring the lines to life. The Peter Fish Group is hard-hitting in the best way and it only takes one listen to convert even the toughest critic.

“Dolette McDonald is a story unto herself!” proclaimed a Canadian writer in a concert review. “Incredible” and “Stunning” are the other terms most often used to describe this dynamic vocalist.

From the age of 5, Dolette grew up singing in the Pentecostal church. As a professional background vocalist, she distinguished herself performing such wildly differing styles as the neo-surrealistic performance art of Laurie Anderson to the eclectic sounds of Talking Heads, the raucous rock of the Police and Rolling Stones, blue-eyed soul of Steve Winwood, and the otherworldliness of Peter Gabriel. For over 30 years, Dolette had the privilege of touring and recording with these artists and more.

Her career covers over 200 recording credits as a background singer and is also prominently featured in concert films by Sting (Bring on the Night) and Laurie Anderson (Home of the Brave).

Venue Information:
The Cutting Room
44 E 32nd St.
New York, NY, 10016